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I’ve been reading John Ortberg’s book “The Life You’ve Always Wanted”. Many things in this book have resonated with me. Most recently the chapter, A Life of Endurance, as he discusses perseverance.

“Any truly meaningful human accomplishment will require perseverance”

Isn’t this the simplest, most concise statement that conveys such a powerful message?

I started my journey in metalsmithing as a mature adult, not someone in their teens who went off to get a degree in fine arts or other related metal work curricula. Yet, my passion with this art form, to quote Steve Martin, is “To become so good they can’t ignore you”. Perseverance is one of the key elements in making that happen.

For the past month, I have had obligations requiring that I spend time away from my studio. Now it is time that I can return and I truly thirst for the positive energy I find in my creative space. I have so many new ideas, preparations for upcoming events and demands for new work at locations where I am represented. I find joy in all of that.

Here’s a sample of some of the things I’m currently doing.

Treescape earrings – progression shots

Designs for a new series…Celestial 

More Treescapes in fabrication

Flush set emerald – Treescape pendant

The driving force for me is perseverance to become better each day at this craft that I love. It requires practice, determination and desire. As I return to the bench, this is my focus.

Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

 

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What kind of a title is that? Well, for September’s Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank writers, one of our own, Tosca Teran, came up with the suggestion to select from your favorite blog, book, or reading material, the 4th and 14th words (that aren’t “the” or “an”) and then drop them into this phrase:
“_____ is the new _____.”

So my title came from one of my favorite books, The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg.

I will say this is a very interesting writing challenge. It did take me a few passes through this book to find something that I felt would work for me. My preference is to keep things positive and uplifting. I feel this phrase, “Divine is the new Great“, does that and more.

For me the word ‘divine’ has a very positive, joyful connotation. My preference has always been to choose to be happy and find the good, even in adversity. If everyone had that goal, seeking things that are uplifting, and being that ray of sunshine in others lives, that would most definitely be the new Great.

Now lets see what my fellow Think Tankers found and wrote about:

Andes Cruz
angelojones
Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Kathleen Krucoff


Artist and Metalsmith

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